After dominating the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals visited the New York Jets and were handed a bag of treats that spelled U-P-S-E-T.
Did the Cincinnati Bengals watch Anchorman before playing the New York Jets, particularly when Luke Wilson said, “I did not see that coming”?
How else to describe the 34-31 upset suffered by Joe Burrow‘s boys? It’s easy to say Halloween had a reason to do with it. But really, the Jets just caught everyone by surprise. A quarterback making his first career start in Mike White? It should be fun for Zac Taylor’s crew, right?
Nope. Merely a week after getting boat raced by the boys of Boston, Gang Green’s new signal called tossed for 405 yards and two scores, the first 400-yard passing game by a Jets quarterback since Vinny Testaverde. Plenty enough to overcome Joe Burrow and his 259 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite registering 97 total yards rushing, the Jets seized control early and never looked back, handing the Bengals their third loss of the season while picking up their second victory, and even though their No.2 overall pick in Zach Wilson was on the bench after suffering an injury against the Patriots a week before.
The Bengals ran for a total of 41 yards, not exactly providing a balance to the passing game. It nearly worked, though, but almost doesn’t count in the NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals got tricked and trapped against the Jets, but they still have a chance to make up for it.
Every team like the Bengals will have a trap game where you think you can win, but you end up coming out on the losing side. Still, though, losing to the Jets has a different meaning. It’s like you wanted chocolate but got licorice instead.
It’s about winning in the NFL, and given how each year the competition is high, the margin for error is slim. The AFC this year is open for the taking since Kansas City appears to have taken a step back. Buffalo is on the move, and Cincinnati drops behind Baltimore in the AFC North because of this loss.
Things can change in an instant in this league. The New York Jets went from incompetent to unbelievably impressive in a single week; the exact opposite just happened to the Cincinnati Bengals. Spooky indeed, but given what October 31st is, should we be surprised?